126 (City of Derby) Squadron has won the South & East Midlands Wing Athletics competition for the 13th consecutive year. 126 Squadron is the only unit to have ever won the Wing Athletics competition since the Wing was formed in 1999.
The competition took place on Sunday 20th May at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium in Leicester. Despite a cold wind, the cadets from Derby delivered outstanding results on the track and field and won the competition by 79 points. As well as walking away with the overall title, the squadron won the Girls and Junior Men trophies.
Facing stiff competition from 1211 (Swadlincote) Sqn and 1359 (Beeston) Sqn, the Derby team pulled off their best ever performance. The field events brought in vital points with cadets performing exceptionally well in the High Jump, Shot and Discus.
Sergeant Adele Gibb won the High Jump in the Junior Women category. She said, “The competition this year was hard. There were a lot of good athletes around and lots of Wing records were broken. I was pleased with my performance.”
The relay teams from 126 Squadron put on a fantastic display of teamwork, winning the relays in 3 out of the 5 age groups. The team believe their victory was not just down to training but dedication, determination and above all a team spirit that is unique to Derby.
Sergeant (ATC) Elodie Marsh, Sports Officer at Derby Squadron said, “Our cadets went to Leicester to win the competition. Second place was not good enough for them. Every single cadet is proud of Derby’s sporting achievements and didn’t want to let the squadron down. On the day they pulled together, produced some outstanding results and came away with a historic victory.”